Victory! Following Push From PETA, ‘City & County Credit Union’ Cuts Ties With SeaQuest

Published by Elena Waldman.

Victory! After almost 28,000 supporters took action on PETA’s behalf, calling for SeaQuest promoters to stop supporting animal suffering, City & County Credit Union made the decision to remove the discounted SeaQuest ticket opportunity from its website!

City & County Credit Union joins Sam’s Club in its decision to stop supporting the exploitation and neglect of animals at SeaQuest—a chain of shopping mall aquariums plagued by animal welfare issues, animal deaths, legal violations, and injuries to employees and the public from direct contact with animals. PETA will continue to urge other companies, such as America First Credit Union and Utah Sweet Savings, to follow suit.

Here’s What Companies Support by Promoting SeaQuest

SeaQuest locations across the U.S. confine animals to seedy enclosures in shopping malls, allowing visitors to poke and prod them. Animals have been injured, and many have died horrifically. In one incident at SeaQuest Littleton in Colorado, a wallaby named Ben was unable to escape from an aquarium tank inside his enclosure and drowned. At SeaQuest Las Vegas, a wolf eel named Saturn was left to suffer after an inch and a half of their tail was partially eaten, leaving painfully exposed tailbone.

Visitors have also been injured at most of SeaQuest’s facilities. At SeaQuest Trumbull in Connecticut, a kinkajou scratched a young child in the face, which earned the facility a citation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At SeaQuest Fort Worth in Texas, a mother reportedly rushed her 3-year-old son to the emergency room after an iguana jumped and “latched [onto] his arm.”

FTC complaint: Abel injured at SeaQuest

A mother told PETA that her 3-year-old toddler was rushed to the emergency room after sustaining gaping wounds when an iguana “jumped from a rock and latched [onto] his arm.”

SeaQuest aquariums aren’t safe for animals, visitors, or their own staff members—it’s time for all the companies that are still promoting these shopping mall hellholes to get with the program.

Tell Other Promoters to Stop Supporting Animal Suffering at SeaQuest

With Sam’s Club and City & County Credit Union on board, we’re working to get other companies to reconsider their relationship with SeaQuest. You can help the animals suffering at the aquariums by never visiting any of the chain’s crummy facilities and by urging its remaining promoters to end their support:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind